Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York / Edition 1

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Overview

Winner of the 35th Annual Lillian Smith Book Award, 2004 A BookSense 76 Spring 2004 Top 10 Poetry Book! Read an excerpt from the book Listen to Frank X Walker reading on NPR's "This I Believe" segment of Morning Edition. This collection of persona poems tells the story of the infamous Lewis & Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark's personal slave, York. The poems form a narrative of York's inner and outer journey, before, during and after the expedition—a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from servant to soul yearning to be free. Over the course of the saga and through the poems, we are treated to subtle and overt commentaries on literacy, slavery, native Americans, buffalo, the environment, and more. Though Buffalo Dance purposely references historic accounts and facts, it is fictionalized poetry, and Frank X Walker's rare blend of history and art breathes life into an important but overlooked historical figure. Frank X Walker is the author of Affrilachia and the soon to be released Black Box, two collections of poetry. He teaches in the department of English & Theatre and is the interim Director of the African/African American Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University. He is also a visiting professor in Pan African Studies department at the University of Louisville. A 2004 recipient of the Lillian Smith Book Award, he lives in Lexington, KY. Click here for Frank Walker's website.

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"York is no longer silent. If York could have chosen the 'vessel' for his voice, he surely could have not selected a more capable voice than that of Frank X Walker. Kentucky native Walker, a founder of the Affrilachian Poets and the 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, gives elegant, wise, and reverent voice to York." — Serena Beam, Big Muddy

"A rare blend of history and art, Buffalo Dance is a unique collection." — books-african.blogspot.com

"His craft is sure throughout, his aesthetic consistent. Through exploring and imagining York's perspective, Walker succeeds in enhancing our understanding of an important chapter in American history." — William Jolliff, Appalachian Journal

"Kudos to Walker: the achieve of, the master of the thing." — North American Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813190884
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: Kentucky Voices Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,445,551
  • Product dimensions: 0.21 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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